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Friday, June 9, 2017

Joy for Venezuela in U20 final vs England


They are suffering hunger and violence, but baseball-mad Venezuelans found unexpected solace in football as their under-20 team won through to Sunday’s World Cup final against England. The “claret reds” or “chamos” (“lads”) squeaked through on penalties in Thursday’s semi-final in South Korea, after holding Uruguay to 1-1 at the end of extra time. It is Venezuela’s greatest achievement ever in world football. Despite one of Venezuela’s most deadly crises in decades, joint first-team and under-20 coach Rafael Dudamel has an unprecedented footballing triumph within his reach. “I am optimistic. I believe they are going to be champions,” veteran Venezuela coach Manuel Plasencia told AFP. More…

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